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By Brian Dolan September 9, 2009
Wireless healthcare technology company Halo Monitoring has connected its personal health monitoring and alert system to Microsoft's online health data repository, HealthVault. Halo Monitoring unveiled its myHalo product at the beginning of 2009 during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. myHalo "wirelessly transmits secure vital signs, activities of daily living, and critical event...
By Brian Dolan September 8, 2009
BlackBerry's App World is now available online -- previously you needed a BlackBerry smartphone to review the applications available through the store -- and the number of health and medical related BlackBerry applications has also more than doubled since the App World launched earlier this year. There are now 85 in the Heath & Wellness category of BlackBerry applications. Within that...
By Brian Dolan September 3, 2009
ECG necklace presented at IEEE event: IMEC, an independent research center for nanoelectronics and nanotechnology, along with its affiliate center, the Holst Centre, presented a protoype electrocardiogram (ECG) necklace at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine + Biology Conference (EMBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) this week. IMEC said the technology will enable long-term monitoring of cardiac...
By Brian Dolan September 3, 2009
Late last week, Microsoft's HealthVault platform and personal health data repository, which the company loathes to call a personal health record (PHR), exited from "beta" status. ZDNet broke the news and received an explanation from Microsoft for the removal of the beta tag: "In order to make the migration out of Beta, Microsoft products need to meet a series of internal compliance requirements...
By Brian Dolan September 2, 2009
"We took all the necessary precautions. Like, we really did. It wasn't like I was licking the handlebars of the bus or anything," she said. "I was hand sanitizing. I was being very careful. I don't know how this happened." Such were the sentiments of one frustrated college freshman after she contracted H1N1 during her first few days of being a student at the University of Kansas. As of this past...
By Brian Dolan September 2, 2009
The Center for Technology and Aging announced a $500,000 grant program for medication optimization, which includes adherence and related issues. The center is offering up to six one-year grants to organizations that propose programs that benefit older adults in California. One or two grants will be made available to those groups with programs in other areas, the center said. "Programs eligible...
By Brian Dolan September 2, 2009
One-Year Grants Designed to Identify Ways to Rapidly Spread Technologies That Can Reduce $290 Billion in Non-Adherence and $47 Billion in Drug-Related Hospitalizations Annually in U.S. OAKLAND, Calif. - The Center for Technology and Aging today released grant application guidelines for a $500,000 Medication Optimization Diffusion Grants Program. Up to six one-year grants will be made to...
By Brian Dolan September 2, 2009
Inc. Magazine recognized at least one wireless health-focused company as among the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by revenue. eCardio Diagnostics was ranked the 117th fastest growing company in the U.S. with $21.4 million in revenue for 2008 and three year sales growth of 1,424 percent. eCardio was the 11th fastest growing health-focused company in the country, according to the magazine....
By Brian Dolan September 1, 2009
GE Healthcare and GE's technology development arm, Global Research, announced an initiative focused on developing body sensor networks (BSNs) that will "collect critical patient-specific information." Examples of the types of vitals and biometrics GE plans to develop sensors for include temperature, pulse-oximetry, blood glucose levels, electrocardiogram readings, blood pressure levels and...
By Brian Dolan September 1, 2009
In what would represent an important step forward in revolutionizing the way patients are monitored in the future, GE announced an initiative aimed to develop wireless medical monitoring systems, or body sensor networks (BSN), which would replace the traditional tangle of bedside cables used to capture a patient's vital signs. GE's vision for the systems would enable wireless monitoring from...

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